The Morbid Age (Paperback)

Richard Overy

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British intellectual life between the wars stood at the heart of modernity. "The Morbid Age" opens a window on to this creative but anxious era, the golden age of the public intellectual and scientist: Arnold Toynbee, Aldous and Julian Huxley, H. G. Wells, Marie Stopes and a host of others. Yet, as Richard Overy argues, a striking characteristic of so many of the ideas that emerged from this new age - from eugenics to Freud's unconscious, to modern ideas of pacifism and world government - was the fear that the West was facing a possibly terminal crisis of civilization. Ultimately, Overy shows, the coming of war was almost welcomed as a way to resolve the contradictions and anxieties of this period, a war in which it was believed civilization would be either saved or utterly destroyed.


Product Details

  • Product code: AADGS
  • ISBN: 9780141003252
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 19.8cm x 13.0cm
  • Pages: 544
  • Publish date: Thu May 27 00:00:00 BST 2010
  • Book points: 13

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